The Stogie Guy


All fire is not created equally!
January 24, 2009, 5:53 am
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Ok, You’ve got your cigar picked out, now how do you light it?

Lots of people think one match is the same as another and the same with lighters. Big Mistake! Most lighters and matches that you get from 711 or whatever gas station is near your house is not good enough to use when lighting a cigar. Here’s where I’m going to break down the different things you can you use to light your stogie and here they are:

Paper=Bad!

Paper=Bad!

1. Paper Matches. You all know  them as those freebe things they give you when you buy your pack of Kool’s or whatever ciggs you smoke. While with ciggs this is a fine and economical choice, with cigars this is a biiiiig no no. The carboard these matches are made with when burned will add they’re flavor to whatever your smoking. While to most people it’s not a big deal, to a seasoned cigar smoker it’s like taking a poop on the Bible. So when you buy a stogie, don’t grab your matches from your local convient store because you’ll just flush a perfectly good cigar down the crapper. Moving on…

matches

Wood Match

2. Wood Matches. Now this is where it’s at. Wood matches are available at almost every cigar shop I’ve ever been to, and the ones that don’t have them, you don’t want to buy from. After the initial strike of the match, let it burn for a second or two to get all the sulfur burned off, then apply the yellowish part of the flame right underneath the tip of your cigar. Do not light your cigar with the blue-ish part of the fire because then you’ll run the risk of burning your wrapper which will also greatly change the flavor of a cigar. Lighting a stogie with wood matches becomes an art form to most smoker and a nice trick most people like use is to rotate the stogie in they’re mouth as they’re lighting it… I find this a good method to get an even light and generally you will have to relight less often. Wood matches are your best bet when your just starting off and most cigar supplies, if they’re worth their salt, will give you a pack or two with your stogies.

3. The Lighter. Ok, this is where we’re gonna get picky. Everyone and they’re mother thinks that Zippos are cool and think that using regular lighter fluid is the way to refill them. WRONG! While I love Zippos and applaud they’re warranties and craftmanship, you must know to buy Butane lighter fluid. Butane burns cleaner then the stuff you use to light your BBQ. Thus Butane lighters are what you want to get yourself if you don’t want to carry around matchs. Now you can fill your reqular Zippos with Butane fluid so don’t go throwing out all those free ones you get at trendy bars when Malboro comes around with them. Depending on where you are and what your doing defines what kind of lighter you want. For a night at the bar or in your home Zippos are great, and you won’t have a problem lighting them. But if you’re like me and enjoy a good stogie in your car, on the green or anywhere outdoors, then a Torch lighter is what you want since most torch lighters are wind resistent (not wind proof).

Zippo Blu

Zippo Blu

Like any other accessory out there, there are tons of different kinds. I personally like Perdomo’s triple torch lighter and I would like to get one of Zippo’s Blu series since they look really cool and come with Zippo’s great warranty. But make sure to consult your Shop person about which brand to go with, they usually have a fair idea of what works well and what doesn’t.

On to the downside of torch lighters… Burning: Since your using a flame that burns at some ungodly high temperature your going to have to be extremely careful not to burn while lighting.When lighting a cigar you want to keep the tip of the flame atleast 2 inchs below your cigar (it may not look like it’ll light but it will, trust me), and use the same twisting method we talked about earlier. You’ll find it faster to light with a torch then with matches, but alot more troublesome if you don’t keep your eyes peeled.

Butane Fuel

Butane Fuel

Also fuel is another concern, I find my lighter burns through fluid rather quickly, generally after 3 or 4 cigars I’ll have to refill it. Which isn’t so bad since the cans the fuel comes in can refill your lighter many, many, many, many times. I’ve had mine for prolly a year to two years and have only gone through one can and still have half of the second can to go. Usually the cans of fuel are pretty damn cheap, under $5 for a decent sized can. Other then burning and rate of fuel consumption, I find my torch lighter to be my go to when smoking… Plus the flame looks really cool!

4. Misc. Using anything else that’s on fire to light your cigar may look really cool in movies and such, but chemicals really screw up your taste. So don’t do it! Unless you want to use your whatever flavored yankee candle to light your cigar and make it taste like Strawberry-Mango… I suggest you move down to the flavored cigars in the first place.

fire-squirrel

Don't Use!

Well that’s all I got when it comes to fire, until next time my little Newblets.



Newbies Guide: Choosing Your First
December 19, 2008, 2:15 am
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Choosing your first cigar is alot like choosing what kind of alcohol you like. You should take your time, try a whole bunch (not in one sitting), and ask as many questions as you can. The best bit of advice I can give is TALK TO YOU SMOKE SHOP GUY! He knows alot and since he works in/owns the shop you can trust him. After you learn that finding a cigar that fits you is relatively easy.

Here’s a list of questions you want to ask yourself and your shop owner:

1. Where am I going to smoke this? (Bar? Home? Outside, Inside?)

2. How long do I want to smoke for? (Sizes make a big difference in amount of time spent puffing away)

3. What kind of flavor do you want? (Natural? Conneticut? Maduro? Flavored?…)

4. Am I getting this for an occassion and will I have to grab a couple to share? (Weddings, people are always bumming cigars and smokes and you may be asked for an extra)

5. Am I smoking this because I like it or to be cool? (if you answer the later, just quit now)

These questions will help you to become all that you can be… wait, damn TV commercials.  I mean to say these questions will help guide you and the person helping you to find the cigar, or cigars, that is perfect for you.

What I also want to stress is don’t be scared to try different kinds. Don’t get turned off to one style and immediately write off all of that kind, as in Maduro. Just because you get a Maduro of one brand and you don’t like it, doesn’t mean another Maduro brand isn’t good. Each cigar maker produces cigars to different standards and styles. So what I try to do, even before I started this blog, is pick a new cigar every time I go to the shop. What that does, besides increasing my debt, is gives me a variety of choices in what I can smoke and also opens up the possibility that I may a diamond in the rough.

Now I’ve rambled for as long as I can, so comment with any questions or ideas for people just starting out and I’ll hopefully be adding more to this Newbies Guide Section.